Boston Legal/A Whiff and a Prayer

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A Whiff and a Prayer
Season 2, Episode 4
Airdate October 18, 2005
Production Number 2F01 (2AJQ01)
Written by David E. Kelley
Directed by Bill D'Elia
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A Whiff and a Prayer is the fourth episode of the second season of Boston Legal, and the twenty-first episode overall.

Starring: James Spader (Alan Shore), Julie Bowen (Denise Bauer), Mark Valley (Brad Chase), Rene Auberjonois (Paul Lewiston), Justin Mentell (Garrett Wells), Ryan Michelle Bathe (Sara Holt)

with Candice Bergen (Shirley Schmidt)

and William Shatner (Denny Crane)

Also Starring: Betty White (Catherine Piper)

Guest Starring: Kurt Fuller (Reverend Donald Diddum), H. Richard Greene (Judge Harry Hingham), William Russ (Attorney Christopher Palmer), Ryan Cutrona (Congressman Raymond Jacobs), John Thaddeus (Detective John Stephenson), Lisa Kaminir (D.A. Valerie Murro), Michael Bryan French (Alex Naughton)

Co-Starring: Bob Rumnock (Foreman)

Uncredited: Lou Beatty, Jr. (Judge Gordon Kolodny)


Plot Overview

Forced by a client to put Denny Crane on the case, Shirley Schmidt reluctantly enlists his help to defend a Democratic Congressman being sued for not keeping a campaign promise to pass a ban on assault weapons. The right-wing Crane is an unlikely defender from the start, but Schmidt really wonders if she made the right decision when he goes missing the day of his closing. Meanwhile, Alan Shore, still reeling from Tara's exit, focuses on defending Catherine Piper (Betty White), accused of murdering his client, Bernard Ferrion. And Reverend Diddum (Kurt Fuller), Denise Bauer's ex-husband's lawyer, threatens to report Sara Holt and Garret Wells to their superiors for their ruse to get him to drastically reduce his client's alimony -- but he'll forget the whole matter if Sara gives in to a sexually perverse request.
Source: ABC


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Denny: The right to bear arms, the second commandment-
Shirley: That would be the second amendment.
Denny: Same difference.